Is there a song that, 40 or 50 years from now, will elicit a reaction out of you as joyous and animated as Henry's in this clip? For seniors, like Henry, who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and other ailments, music can be a key to tapping into happy memories of days gone by.
Music & Memory is a nonprofit organization that provides digital music technology to the elderly and infirm with the aim to improve their quality of life. This clip comes from its new documentary, Alive Inside, which follows its founder, social worker Dan Cohen, who decided on a whim to bring iPods to a nursing home. Though the reactions captured on film may be evidence enough, Cohen teamed with renowned neurologist and author Dr. Oliver Sacks to investigate the powerful effects of music on seniors.
If watching Henry made you grateful for your iPod, consider donating your old one to Music & Memory the next time you upgrade.